Cervélo resurrects the Soloist as a more affordable, aero all-rounder

The new Cervélo Soloist takes the brand’s extensive design knowledge and wraps it up in a package described as an aerodynamic racing bike that’s easy to live with and quick to ride.

The new Soloist is aimed at hobby racers, and that is reflected in the specifications of the range. The highest spec soloist has Ultegra Di2 and the range starts with a Shimano 105 mechanical edition.

Cervélo claims that the Solista is a bit lighter than the Cervelo S5 aero bike or cervelo r5 flyweight all-rounder, while also being significantly cheaper than these two flagship WorldTour-level machines.

The Soloist’s frame combines Kammtail tube shapes for the seat tube and down tube, with slightly dropped chainstays at the rear and a dedicated aero seatpost.

Up front, there’s a sculpted head tube that internally routes the brake hoses and cables. The absence of complex integration makes maintaining and changing parts on the Soloist easier than on some of the best road bikes.

A new threaded bottom bracket adds to the idea that the Soloist is a bike for amateur racers rather than professionals with a behind-the-scenes mechanic on hand.

Highlights of the new Cervélo Soloist

  • It is said to be lighter than the S5 and more aerodynamic than the R5.
  • Line of 6 models, from Mechanical 105 to Ultegra Di2 and Force AXS 12-speed models
  • Prices start at $3,400 and go up to $6,800 (UK prices to be confirmed)
  • Uses the standard BBRight-47 threaded bottom bracket from the R5-CX cyclocross bike
  • Clearance for 34mm tires
  • Geometry mirrors the R5 race bike
  • Frame available separately

solo legend

The Soloist debuted 20 years ago.
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It has been 20 years since the original Soloist alloy debuted. Back in 2002, the Soloist was a game-changing frame design.

Rather than being mere approximations, the extruded aluminum tubes were based on actual airfoils derived from the NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics).

The Soloist and its success with Team CSC set the standard for aero road bike design. The original Soloist was effectively the genesis of the modern aero road bike, something that has been part of the Cervélo lineup ever since.

Easy to live, easy to pack

The Soloist is UCI compliant.
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The Soloist is not a competitor to the S5 or the R5. Instead, the new bike is meant to sit between the two and command a lower price. In Cervélo’s words, the new Soloist is for “the amateur runner week after week”.

The new S5 may be a lot easier to live with than the previous generation, but it still has a complex one-piece cockpit that makes traveling with the bike a little more complicated.

On the Soloist, you still have hidden cable routing under the stem and through the bearing cap in the head tube, but the cables and hoses don’t go through the stem.

This means packing the bike in a bike bag it doesn’t require splitting hoses, bleeding brakes, and all those other things a mechanic would take care of for a pro rider.

Do the BB right

The bike uses the same bottom bracket design as Cervélo’s R5-CX.
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In a further bid for simplicity, Cervélo has chosen to use its BBright-47 bottom bracket shell, which debuted on the brand’s model. R5-CX Cyclocross Racing Bike.

The new BBright-47 is a continuation of Cervélo’s long-standing asymmetric snap-fit ​​design that debuted at its California R5Ca Project in 2010.

The asymmetry remains, but the interface now reflects the increasingly popular T47 thread standard bottom bracket.

This means an inner cup on the left side and an outer cup on the right. It is a solution similar to the one introduced by Factor in its latest generation oster VAM.

Cervélo claims that this bottom bracket design helps ensure optimal chainline and transmission efficiencies, but with the ease of service and replacement that comes with a threaded bottom housing.

A more versatile design?

The bike has room for 34mm tires.
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The Soloist is designed to bring versatility to the table. The frame has room for tires up to 34mm, which is big for a aero road bike.

While the new R5 can also run 34mm tires, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some of Cervélo’s pro riders opt for the Soloist at the Spring Classics.

The Soloist’s geometry mirrors that of the S5, so expect the Soloist to handle as well as the agile R5 when the roads start to get twisty.

Cervélo Soloist Geometry

Cervélo Soloist specs and prices

The bike comes in three colors, including this Gold Dust finish.
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For a premium brand like Cervélo, we would have expected a range of bikes fitted with top-notch kit, such as the £12,999 Cervélo S5 Red AXS.

However, the Soloist range culminates with a Shimano Ultegra R8170 Di2 equipped bike and starts with a mechanical Shimano 105.

There are also builds available with Shimano 105 Di2, SRAM Rival AXS eTap Y SRAM Force AXS eTap.

If you want to build your own Soloist, the frame is available separately in each color combination: Alpenglow (white), Embers (black) and Gold Dust (metal flake gold metallic).

Cervélo Soloist Frame

The Alpenglow painting.
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  • Fork: Cervélo All-Carbon, Tapered Soloist
  • Headphones: FSA IS2 1-1/4 x 1-1/2
  • Thru-axles: Cervelo Aero, 12×100/142
  • seat post: Cervélo SP27 carbon
  • Accessories: Cervélo faceplate front accessory/equipment mount, Cervélo rear accessory mount
  • Price: $2,700

Cervélo Soloist SRAM Rival eTap AXS

SRAM Rival AXS models come with Fulcrum’s Racing 600 DB wheels.
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  • Framework: Cervelo Soloist
  • Transmission: SRAM Rival eTap AXS
  • Wheel set: Fulcrum Racing 600 DB
  • Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR G 700 x 28mm
  • seat post: Cervélo SP27 carbon
  • Handlebar: cervelo alloy
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Model X SuperFlow FeC
  • Accessories: Cervélo faceplate front accessory/equipment mount, Cervélo rear accessory mount
  • Price: $5,200

Cervélo Soloist SRAM Force eTap AXS

The Force AXS model in the Gold Dust finish.
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  • Framework: Cervelo Soloist
  • Transmission: SRAM Force AXS eTap AXS
  • Wheel set: Reserve 40 (front), Reserve 44 (rear)
  • Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR G 700 x 28mm
  • seat post: Cervélo SP27 carbon
  • Handlebar: cervelo alloy
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Novus BOOST Evo superflow manganese
  • Accessories: Cervélo faceplate front accessory/equipment mount, Cervélo rear accessory mount
  • Price: $6,800

Cervelo Solista Shimano 105

  • Framework: Cervelo Soloist
  • Transmission: Shimano 105 R7000
  • Wheel set: Alexrims Boondocks 5
  • Tires: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro V G2.0, 700x28mm
  • seat post: Cervélo SP27 carbon
  • Handlebar: cervelo alloy
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Model X Superflux FeC
  • Accessories: Cervélo faceplate front accessory/equipment mount, Cervélo rear accessory mount
  • Price: $3,400

Cervelo Soloist Shimano 105 Di2

The entry in the Soloist range arrives with mechanics 105.
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  • Framework: Cervelo Soloist
  • Transmission: Shimano 105 Di2 R7150
  • Wheel set: Fulcrum Racing 600 DB
  • Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR G 700 x 28mm
  • seat post: Cervélo SP27 carbon
  • Handlebar: Cervelo AB07 Alloy
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Model X Superflux FeC
  • Accessories: Cervélo faceplate front accessory/equipment mount, Cervélo rear accessory mount
  • Price: $5,200

ShimanoUltegra

Ultegra mechanical bikes come with Fulcrum Racing 600 DB wheels.
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  • Framework: Cervelo Soloist
  • Transmission: ShimanoUltegra R8000
  • Wheel set: Fulcrum Racing 600 DB
  • Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR G 700 x 28mm
  • seat post: Cervélo SP27 carbon
  • Handlebar: cervelo alloy
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Model X Superflux FeC
  • Accessories: Cervélo faceplate front accessory/equipment mount, Cervélo rear accessory mount
  • Price: $4,300

Shimano Ultegra Di2

Along with Ultegra Di2, the flagship bike also features Reserve’s 40mm/44mm tubeless carbon wheelset.
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  • Framework: Cervelo Soloist
  • Transmission: Shimano Ultegra Di2 R8150
  • Wheel set: Reserve 40 (front), Reserve 44 (rear)
  • Tires: Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR G 700 x 28mm
  • seat post: Cervélo SP27 carbon
  • Handlebar: Cervelo AB07 Alloy
  • Saddle: Selle Italia Novus BOOST Evo, Superflow Manganese
  • Accessories: Cervélo faceplate front accessory/equipment mount, Cervélo rear accessory mount
  • Price: $6,800

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